By actively encouraging knowledge dissemination and discussion we hope to raise awareness about key ecological issues and build opportunities for collaboration among our partners.

In 2020, we celebrated ARI’s 50 years of Science that Matters with the ‘ARI Legacy Seminar Series'. Recordings of these are available below where you can hear from some of ARI’s most esteemed researchers as they reflect on ARI’s scientific achievements, the evolution of environmental research and policy in Victoria, and how ARI might lead biodiversity research in future. We all have much to learn from each other, and the Seminar series continues to be an important part of the intellectual life of our Institute.

Scheduled seminar sessions are broadcast by webinar on Mondays 1-2 pm, unless otherwise indicated. Each session runs for a total of one hour and includes time for questions. Sessions may involve multiple speakers giving shorter 'snapshot' style presentations. Note that the schedule is subject to change at short notice.

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Note that until further notice seminars will not be held at ARI and will only be accessible via Microsoft Teams webinar. A selection of seminars from 2020 and 2021 are available to view via the recorded webinar - see links below:

2021 ARI Research Seminar Series

Our next seminar is on October 25th, exploring the role of genetics in conservation ecology.

2021 Speaker(s) and subject
October25thJames Shelley (ARI, Aquatic Biodiversity Conservation)
What can eDNA tell conservation researchers?
James O'Dwyer (La Trobe University and ARI)
Using population genetics to understand life history traits within Murray cod
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September13th(Biodiversity Month) Tim O’Brien, Arn Tolsma, Tarmo Raadik, Jemma Cripps, Peter Menkhorst (ARI)
Bushfire recovery surveys for wildlife and flora
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(Science Week) –  Peter Griffioen (ARI, Ecological Analysis & Synthesis)
Identifying frog calls with Deep Learning AI
Jian Yen (ARI, Flows and Habitat)
Putting ecological modelling to the test
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July 5th
(NAIDOC Week) – Denis Rose (Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation) and Wayne Koster (ARI, Instream Habitat and Environmental Flows)
Partnerships in eel research
June 7th
(World Environment Day) – Ashley Sparrow (ARI, Riparian and Wetland Ecology)
Restoration Australia: The art of making run-down ecosystems new again
May 24th
Maddi Miller (Melbourne University & ARI)
Meet the Researcher: Maddi Miller on culture and country
Chris McCormack (Melbourne University & Remember the Wild)
The motivation we need? How good stories can save species
April 26th David Nipperess (NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment)
Measuring biodiversity and ecological integrity in NSW
March 22nd Lesley Head (University of Melbourne, School of Geography)
Mass fish kills, a crisis of modern water: understanding hydro-social change in the Murray-Darling Basin
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February 22nd Christina Renowden (ARI, Communication and Collaboration)
Nature connectedness: exploring integrated ArtScience experiences through head, heart, and hand
Lily van Eeden (ARI, RMIT, Monash BehaviourWorks)
Exploring human attitudes and behaviours to improve conservation outcomes
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2020 ARI Research Seminar Series

Presentations that were part of our 2020 series. Recordings of these are available via YouTube - see links below.

2020 Speaker(s) and subject
November 23rd Fern Hames (ARI, Communication and Collaboration)
What about people? The shifting role of people in our ecological equations

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October 19th John Koehn (ARI, Population Processes)
Fisheries, fish, aquatic ecology: progress over the past 40 years

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September 21st Lindy Lumsden (ARI, Wildlife Ecology)
Marvellous, mysterious mammals: ARI's legacy in mammal research over recent decades

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August 17th Josephine MacHunter, Tracey Regan, Annique Harris, Khorloo Batpurev (ARI)
ARI's bright future - science, policy and collaboration

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31st Peter Menkhorst (ARI, Waterbirds and Wetlands)
Laying the foundations: wildlife research at ARI,  1970-1995

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July 27th Matt White (ARI, Ecological Analysis and Synthesis)
Nature conservation in Victoria 1969-2020 - an abridged and idiosyncratic rendering

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June 15th Kim Lowe (Director, ARI)
ARI: celebrating 50 years of great science that matters for Victorians

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April 27th Melissa Hatty (Monash University and ARI)
Who needs to do what differently: why behavioural science matters in biodiversity conservation

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February 24th Richard Faulkner (ARI, Communication and Collaboration)
Conservation in the Kimberley - a perspective from working within an NGO

Renae Ayres (ARI, Population Processes)
Trees for fish: Angler Riparian Partnerships Program

View the seminar on the Kimberley and trees for fish

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